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Highland Village

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Wonderful Reenacters

The lady in the Black House (first stop) was excellent! She answered all our questions while... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Larry1401
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Modoc, IN
Great Working Experience Museum

Visited here on journey from Cape Breton back to Halifax and after a short diversion off the main... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rayp775
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or...more
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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All reviews general store nova scotia cape breton living museum farm animals blacksmith shop step back in time early settlers bras d'or lake hill overlooking their lives different eras self guided tour the cottages great place to visit gaelic language views are amazing
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The lady in the Black House (first stop) was excellent! She answered all our questions while staying in character. The gentleman in the Carding Hut was just outstanding. He very patiently demonstrated and explained the procedure for processing wool. Overall the visit was well worth...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Larry1401
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write. We are fortunate to have people working at the Village who take pride in telling the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia b

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on journey from Cape Breton back to Halifax and after a short diversion off the main highway via a chain ferry link we spent a delightful afternoon here exploring the site. Designed in chronological order the journey plots the history of the Gaelic...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank rayp775
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

A brave new world indeed! Incredible people to come to this land with its harsh climate extremes. Thank you for telling us about your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is about the history of the Gaelic people in Nova Scotia, and a consciousness-raising about working to keep that culture and its language alive. It is all done REALLY well in this breathtaking setting surrounded by the inland sea. A must visit for anyone...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank progresodave
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the lovely comments. You perfectly captured what we are doing at the Highland Village.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a lovely afternoon wandering the village. We enjoyed learning about the area and the early settlers there. We were lucky to be able to see an enactment of a Gaelic kitchen party with song and fiddle and dance. The views from the site...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Dawn L
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for telling us about your visit. It sounds like you had a great time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice park, very interesting concept. There’s a nice little video at the start of the tour that gave some context to the park and the story it tells. The first building we went to had a lovely young man who was really into his...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for telling us about your visit. We are sorry to hear that you experienced some negative interaction. This is very uncharacteristic behaviour by our staff, hot day or not. In fact, this type of behaviour has never been reported in any other review...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Accurate information from employees. Guides play roles being part of the past. Really authentic experience. Can make it in 1 h our if you are curious and ask questions can take 2,5 h. Two ladies were speaking Gaelic very fluently.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank CarolineDuhaime
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thanks for the nice comments about our dedicated staff. We will pass them along.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful walk in Gaelic time of years past! Enjoy a guided tour through the grounds, homes, general store, school, and blacksmith shop. Guides are knowledgeable of information discussed. Enjoy tea and cookies. The views are AMAZING!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank queenbee2sagalo
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

All that AND tea and cookies! Thank you for the lovely comments. We will be sure to share them with our hard working guides.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of our favorite visits on Cape Breton. All of the various guides in each building were in period costume and spoke the Gaelic language. This wonderful outdoor and indoor museum would be great for visitors of all ages. The views from the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kaymtravel7
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Could not have said it better ourselves. Seriously. Are you looking for work? :-) Just kidding but thanks for taking the time to write such a nice message!

Reviewed July 5, 2019 via mobile

We really liked how the village was laid out like a story - it begins in a Scottish Croft 1825, and as you travel through the village you meet villagers chronologically through to 1925. It was easy for our youngest to comprehend, and still interesting...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2019

We are always pleased to hear how children of all ages enjoy the Village. It's also great to see the words "cool" and "Gaelic" in the same sentence. Thanks for taking the time to write!

Reviewed July 1, 2019

Set on a bluff that affords a panoramic view of the area, this village is quite impressive. You'll do a self-guided tour through multiple buildings, many staffed with "animators" who are in character representing the period they're in. Starting with the 1700s in Scotland and...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank CMN14
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2019

How nice of you to take the time to tell us about your visit. Our animators work hard to tell the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia and will appreciate your comments very much.

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SusanD2256
May 14, 2019|
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Response from MaxMacDonald | Property representative |
There is no public transportation available and the Highland Village does not have that service. However, we are intrigued by your story and connection to Cape Breton. We are looking to see if there is a way to assist you... More
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Lucy R
January 10, 2019|
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Response from Libby613 | Reviewed this property |
I think 3 hours is good
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LoreliJB
June 19, 2017|
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Response from April Joy B | Reviewed this property |
you would have to rent a car to go which is about a 70 km or over an hour ride. the scenery is spectacular. You could try UBER or alternatively a taxi BUT what i would suggest is contacting Cruiseline and if there is... More
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